This week in our famous scientist series, we are learning about the most well known scientist and American inventor. Thomas Edison has been described as the greatest inventor in America. Edison invented many devices that impacted how Americans lived and are an extremely important part of history.
This post is part of the Famous Scientists Series
It’s important to learn about the famous men of science in order to appreciate how far we’ve come. Today, let’s learn about Thomas Edison.
Learn About Thomas Edison
Edison was the creator of the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long lasting electrical lightbulb. He was so inventive that he actually had over 1,000 patents for his many inventions! What a great scientist to do a unit study on because you can learn about his life, or pick one of his inventions to study. We have put together lots of free printables about Thomas Edison that would be perfect for a unit study in your homeschool.
Biography of Thomas Edison:
Thomas Alva Edison was born on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio. He was the youngest of 7 children and his mother was a school teacher. He attended public school for about 12 weeks and was told that he was too hyperactive, and distracted. So, his mother took him home and began to homeschool him.
Edison Begins Inventing
Can you imagine what that teacher would think today? Sending home such a genius because he was unable to learn in a classroom environment! Thomas Edison was such an amazing self learner that his mother didn’t even need to teach him. He devoured books and ended up being completely self taught. As a matter of fact, he began creating his own business and inventing at the young age of 12.
Find out even more details about his entrepreneurship, business ventures, and his inventions at Biography.com You can also download a free printable Thomas Edison Fact Card.
- Thomas Edison Biography for Kids – Ducksters
- Thomas Edison Biography – Mr. Nussbaum Learning Fun
- Thomas Edison’s Inventive Life Biography – Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Recommended Resource: Famous People Notebook: Scientists
Explore the life and work of 10 scientists that changed history. Our biographical unit studies include text, comprehension questions, written narration, and answers.
Thomas Edison Facts for Kids
- Thomas Edison Facts and Printable Worksheets – Kids Konnect
- Thomas Edison Facts for Kids with Video – Easy Science for Kids
- Lapbook on Thomas Edison – Homeschool Helper Online
- Thomas Edison Lesson Plans: How Inventions Build Upon Each Other – Brain Pop Educators
- Edison’s Incandescent Lightbulb: A Unit Study – DIY Homeschooler
- Happy Birthday Thomas Edison with printable Thomas Edison Quote – Enrichment Studies
Thomas Edison Printables
- Slideshow Timeline of Thomas Edison and his inventions – Soft Schools
- Thomas Alva Edison Unit Study – There’s No Place Like Home
- Thomas Edison Primary Source Worksheet – Education.com
- Historical Heroes: Thomas Edison – Education.com
- Edison Inventions Coloring Page – Patriotic Coloring Pages
- The Invention of the Light Bulb Mini Book – Teacher Vision
Our Free Inventors Notebooking Unit will help your children learn about 75 inventors (including Thomas Edison). It is a simple, handy tool to help your kids discover inventors while helping to sharpen research skills. This is an instant download.
Thomas Edison Inspired Science Experiments:
- Make Your Own Lightbulb like Thomas Edison – Following the Path of Discovery
- Build a Lightbulb with Circuits – Steve Spangler Science
- Teaching STEM With Thomas Edison – Edison Muckers
Learn More About Thomas Edison:
- The Thomas Edison Innovation Foundation has TED talks, lists his patents and inventions and has free STEM resources for teachers and students.
- Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab has fun circuit building games, videos and downloads.
- Edison’s Miracle of Light on PBS has some of the Edison company’s early recordings, and show the significance of Edison’s work to sound technology.
- Thomas Edison’s Inventions
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